Metascore
38

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 18
  2. Negative: 7 out of 18
Watch On
  1. 70
    While by no means a masterpiece of the form, John Carpenter's The Ward is an economical period piece that still effectively demonstrates what a skilled technician can accomplish in a single location with a compact cast and sturdy old-school effects.
  2. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Jul 5, 2011
    70
    Carpenter does what he's always done well here: individualizing shorthand personalities in a group under siege. This is Carpenter's first all-female ensemble, and the inmates are uniformly well-played.
  3. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Jul 5, 2011
    67
    At least Carpenter the spook-meister knows how to goose you.
  4. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Jul 9, 2011
    65
    The story's obvious and various potential is left to stand on its own, and the scares are largely uninspired.
  5. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Jul 5, 2011
    63
    Its ostentatious sense of horror -- think later-day Argento -- is far from suggestive, though some of its queasier moments effectively tap into our fears of not-so-bygone forms of invasive physical therapy.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 61 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 4 out of 12
  1. Sep 17, 2012
    10
    Excellent
  2. Sep 17, 2012
    10
    A magnificent return to form from john carpenter, a wholly original story, consistent and creepy tone, and decent performances steer this filmA magnificent return to form from john carpenter, a wholly original story, consistent and creepy tone, and decent performances steer this film into classic territory, kudos, carpenter, kudos. Full Review »
  3. Jan 10, 2012
    4
    Poor movie, made worst by a ridiculous ending which has been done over and over in the past. There is no glossing over the fact that this hasPoor movie, made worst by a ridiculous ending which has been done over and over in the past. There is no glossing over the fact that this has got to be one of the poorest movie I have seen in a long time (and I've watched some rubbish!!) Full Review »